A new plan aimed at creating an extra 93,000 jobs from start-up companies in the next five years was launched by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.
Women, young people and immigrants are being targeted in the new plan.
Mr Bruton said there aren't enough entrepreneurs in Ireland.
"Given that two thirds of all new jobs come from start-ups, it is crucial that we improve our supports in this area if we are to create the jobs we need," he said.
"That is why earlier this year I asked a group of academics and successful entrepreneurs - the people who have actually done it - to come up with a list of recommendations for how we can improve our performance in this area," he told the media.